June 26th,2012. fishing in the farmington river (new Hartford ) appx. 11:00 am I looked upstream and noticed a large cat standing ankle deep in the water on the west side of river. It stood there for a couple of Minutes watching me (it was appx 125 yards away) Then it decided to swim across the river, the current was pushing the cat closer to me and when it exited the water it was appx 60 – 75 yards away. It stood on the gravel bank and shook the water off and watched me for about 15 minutes and then just walked off into the woods. I went up the following week and found some scat in same location. I took many pictures of it and then bagged it and now have it in my fridge waiting to hear back from DEEP. I’ve been an avid hunter for over 40 years and have shot a couple of Bobcats in that time, this was no Bobcat… I did not see the cat dropping the scat, but I have never seen scat like this, size, girth, etc. in all my years in the woods. Unfortunately, there was not any prints that i could take pictures of.
Evening of Sept 18 shortly after dusk spotted a large mountain lion standing on the east side of rt. 44 in New Hartford in the area between the entrance to the transfer station and the town center.
On a sunny afternoon a very large cat about the size of our 85lb golden retriever walked slowly across the driveway heading from swampy area towards the pond. In a slow smooth walk where you can see it’s shoulders moving. It did not even look at me and did not appear hurried or frightened. It was about 25 yards from me, I tried to follow it, to see where it was headed, but it was gone.
It appear to be dark brown, almost black, because it was in the shaded area, but it unmistakably had a very long tail.
I have spoken to my neighbor who is a vet, and he said he have seen the cat too recently.